JST Artist Spotlight: Misha Mansoor


Whether you’re new to the JST community or you’ve been following us for a while, it’s important to us that you know as much about the artists behind the plugins we make as the plugins themselves. Many of our artist signature series plugins were developed based on specific tones or workflows used by some of the industry’s largest names in rock, metal & even country music. They were refined and optimized to get you their exact sound while leaving enough flexibility on the table to let you craft it into your own.

There’s a chance that you’re unfamiliar with some of the amazing names on our artist roster – we’re here to make sure that won’t be the case when we’re done. With the new JST Artist Spotlight series, we’re going to shine some light on the artists involved with some of the best plugins JST has to offer.

Each week, we’ll start with a short biography before diving into what it is that makes them tick and the details of their work that inspired their signature plugins. Whether it be the sounds they’ve crafted throughout their career, the final guitar tones used on a particular album, or the secret sauce behind every song they work in, we’re going to demystify those topics right here and let you know what each artist had in mind for their signature plugin.

Today, let’s get started with one of the most recent additions to the JST and Toneforge family – Misha Mansoor.

About Misha Mansoor

Misha Mansoor is a djent and metal producer and guitarist with a huge online following. His YouTube channel alone boats nearly 7 MILLION video views and 69,000 subscribers – with videos ranging from demos of the gear he uses to studio updates and playthroughs of his material.

While some know Misha as a YouTube personality or as Bulb, his solo release moniker, many more know him by his work as the founder and lead guitarist of the progressive metal band Periphery. Alongside Jake Bowen, Mark Holcomb, Matt Halpern & Spencer Sotelo, and past contributions from Adam “Nolly” Getgood, Periphery has grown into a name to be reckoned with among metal and djent fans.

Over the past decade, Periphery has released 6 studio albums & 2 EPs – all finding success on the Billboard 200 chart with their latest album, Periphery IV: Hail Stan reaching the #1 spot on the Billboard US Indie chart in April 2019.

Misha’s Work Beyond Periphery

Misha isn’t one to sit idly by during the down time between Periphery’s album releases and touring schedule - he’s constantly churning out content for his audience, working with bands in a producer role, and even developing his own hardware like the Horizon Devices Precision Drive pedal. To say he stays busy would be an understatement.

Misha’s studio work includes songwriting and producing for huge names in the metalcore and djent scenes. Groups like Volumes, Animals As Leaders & Veil of Maya have all seen major success with albums produced and written with Mansoor. In more recent years, Misha’s production work has gone even further, and his songwriting has seen inclusions in AAA video game releases including the Halo 2 Anniversary Soundtrack, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided & Destiny: Rise of Iron.

It’s easy to understand why - his combination of cinematics and dynamic, aggressive musicianship have put his performances firmly among the work of elite guitarists today.

The Inspiration for Toneforge Misha Mansoor

Toneforge Misha Mansoor is Misha’s signature virtual guitar rig that was released in partnership with Joey Sturgis Tones. His custom amp model offers unparalleled amounts of gain while retaining the bite and presence demanded of low-tuned and extended-range guitars for the genres he works with. The three-channel amp has a completely unique tone stack that could only be accomplished virtually. What you end up with is an extremely modern approach to amp tone with more control than any physical amp could offer.

Toneforge Misha Mansoor was designed to fill a void for extended-range guitarists like Misha that find themselves looking for more aggression and power in their tone than many amps can handle in the low-end. Often you’ll find engineers and producers using amp emulations for a bit more control over their low-end, but this only works to an extent when the amps were modelled after hardware that can’t do the same. Toneforge Misha Mansoor started with what great, low-tuned guitar tone could look like in the box and built up from there into a sound you just can’t get with anything else.

Because Misha’s tone wouldn’t be complete without his signature Precision Drive, we meticulously replicated it in the Toneforge software as well - giving any guitarist access to one of the most innovative approaches to overdrive today

Getting The Most Out Of Your Virtual Rig

Misha’s approach to djent and metalcore guitars has made a clear path for aspiring guitarists and producers today, showcasing just how much can be done with some technical ability and a lot of creativity. His signature Toneforge model makes professional tone easy to use and accessible to all.

If you’re looking to get the most out of Toneforge Misha Mansoor or any of our Toneforge models, it all starts with great writing and engineering. Toneforge Bootcamp was designed to take you through every step from dialing in your amp tone through tracking and mixing.

Access your course included with a JST VIP membership or pick it up along with Toneforge Misha Mansoor & a bunch of other great resources in the Toneforge Metal Starter Pack today!

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